Organization: Someplace Safe | Location: MN Region 4 - Office Location TBD
Activity Area: Crime Prevention/Legal for Youth | Job Type: Legal Advocacy | Salary: $18.00 - $24.00
Closing Date: 11/30/2020
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF POSITION: Work directly with children and youth ages 24 and under in the counties of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin, who are identified as victims, survivors, or at risk of sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking.
This position will coordinate with local partners and systems to implement protocols, enhance the current infrastructure of Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door, and better connect and identify existing services and resources for youth in the service area.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May supervise temporary workers, interns, volunteers, or other employees as directed or assigned by supervisor.
Provides comprehensive, client-centered, and trauma-informed services to sexually exploited, sexually trafficked, or at-risk youth (age 24 and below).
Provides case management through, advocacy, crisis intervention, follow up, support, information and referrals; assesses for safety; engages in risk reduction through safety planning; arranges for age appropriate emergency safe housing and transportation; accompanies clients to appointments; provides follow-up and/or support at the time of evidentiary exam.
Serves as a key liaison between sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth and systems.
Explains the criminal justice process and prosecution procedures when and where appropriate.
Assists sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth with protective and/or other civil orders; attends court proceedings; arranges safe age appropriate transportation for victims if needed; provides victims with case updates.
Accompanies sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth to appointments, assists in securing legal or financial assistance; offers follow-up contact.
Provides education on trafficking and exploitation to youth and the community via prevention curriculum.
Defines infrastructure and assists in implementation of response protocols specifically taking into account strategies and legalities involved in responding to and serving sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth.
Collaborates with child protection, local schools, youth organizations, placements, and other partners both regionally and statewide to ensure that services available meet the specific needs of this youth population.
Attends task force meetings or other groups as related to serving sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth.
Keeps accurate records of services provided; submits reports timely to direct supervisor and in Apricot reporting database (MDH) as required or requested.
Gathers data and feedback directly from sexually exploited and/or sexually trafficked youth to assist in developing effective strategies for response and access to resources; shares information with partners as needed.
Attends interagency meetings, trainings and workshops pertinent to Safe Harbor services as required by the grant or directed by supervisor.
Participates in fundraising, grant writing, agency vigils and events as directed by supervisor.
Provides education and communication to legislators, criminal justice, medical, human services agencies and other systems to help improve their response to sexually exploited and/or trafficked youth.
Educates and informs the community through media, presentations, area events; serves on committees, boards, etc. as assigned by supervisor.
Performs other duties and assumes additional responsibilities as directed by supervisor/ Leadership.
DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals with diverse backgrounds, varied life experiences, who are bilingual, and/or survivors of crime encouraged to apply.
Education and Experience
High School diploma or equivalent, (G.E.D.)
Background in trauma related work, advocacy, or related work experience preferred.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of and sensitivity to sexually exploited and trafficked youth, battered women, sexual violence victims, general crimes victims as well as victim issues; working knowledge of the legal and social service systems, referral sources/options.
Skill in managing crisis situations; skill in multi-tasking and operating the listed tools and equipment;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, clients and the general public; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
This position will require a flexible schedule outside of traditional business hours. Applicant must be free and able to work a flexible schedule as needed or required.
This position will require extensive travel. Applicant must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license and insured reliable vehicle.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Requires use of personal computer (MS Office Suite) and other office and communication equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMAND AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Employee is required to walk, climb stairs and lift at least 25 lbs. and be able to move about freely.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the environment is usually quiet.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.
It is the policy of this agency to provide equality of opportunity in employment to all persons, to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, place of residence, political affiliation, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, gender, sexual orientation, or age in all aspects of its personnel policies, programs, practices, or operations.